Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of a more just and inclusive world. The InclusiveVT difference is part of Virginia Tech’s commitment to creating such a world, starting on campus, where students are prepared to be of service to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the university will be holding a weeklong series of events, Jan. 17 - Jan. 21. Highlights include a keynote speech by famed restorative justice expert Fania E. Davis and performance by renowned musician and activist, Angélique Kidjo.

Schedule of events

Monday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. 

Restorative Justice

Fania E. Davis, J.D., Ph.D., a longtime social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, writer, professor and scholar will give a keynote speech on restorative justice. 

This will be a virtual event that requires preregistration

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 12 p.m. — 9 p.m.

Experience Black Love Exhibit

This inspiring display will run through Feb. 27, 2022 at the Perspective Gallery.

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m. 

“Rise Up”

Join renowned musician and activist Angélique Kidjo as she speaks to the role and power of the arts in the global struggle to secure human rights for all.

Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theater, Moss Arts Center

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, 2 p.m.

Telling Their Story Through Pictures

Join famed photographer and educator Aaron Turner as he discusses his use of photography as a transformative process to understand the ideas of home and resilience in two main areas of the U.S., the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas.

100 Hancock

Thursday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. 

A Night of Pan-African Entertainment

Angélique Kidjo performs her reinterpretation of the Talking Heads classic 1980 album, Remain in Light, using electrifying rhythms, African guitars, and layered backing vocals. \Tickets are available for $55 (category A), $40 (category B), $25 (category C), and $10 for students with ID and youth 18 and under. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theater, Moss Arts Center

Friday, Jan. 21, Noon

BCC Lunch and Learn Speaker Series

Join Andrea Baldwin for a graduate student VTable talk.

BCC, 126 Squires Student Center

Friday, Jan. 21, Noon — 1 p.m.


Karine Gibbs hosts a webinar on micro-crowdsourcing and how swarming bacteria integrate signals to build communities. 

Virtual event

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